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E position in a small town and has a marvellous time But when he gets to the trenches where death and mindless destruction are the everyday he Schlump is than anti war novel It makes the charge startling for the time of its publication that despite the sacrifices made at the front and at home the German effort during the Great War was characterized by a misguided strategy and fought by soldiers who were not only poorly led but were less than heroic themselves Finally it implied the Kaiser was a coward Published at about the same time as Erich Maria Remarue s All uiet on the Western Front another anti war novel Schlump never caught on while Remarue s novel was a phenomenal successMuch of the 2d half of the novel is made up of several long stories by other soldiers Schlump the protagonist meets It s like Grimm tries to capture the brutality and suffering of the war hardships at home as well as in the trenches through a variety of experiences which reflect all experience At times I thought it approached polemic On p240 is perhaps the main theme expressed by Schlump This entire war is nothing but the cruellest vilest slaughter and if mankind can put up with such an atrocity for years or stand by and look on well it deserves nothing but contempt But he who fashioned mankind he ought to be thoroughly ashamed of himself for his creation is an utter disgrace This is counterpointed by the view of his captain a kind of ur Nazi who predicts their suffering will ensure that a leader with a superhuman soul will arise to lead Germany in uniting Europe in distinction and glory prefiguring the political atmosphere between the warsThe cover blurb of my edition suggests that Schlump the young soldier whose story this is is maybe even a new type of man To me he s as old as fiction itself though I d first seen him as a kind of blundering sad sack I came to think of him as a Sancho Panza without a Don uixote He s an optimist a man who has a native intelligence backed by resolve and resourcefulness and a belief in the basic good of humanity The trouble is I grew tired of Schlump before the end Sure he possesses all the practicality of Sancho Panza but in the end he s innocent in fact the Afterword by Volker Weidermann calls the novel a fairy tale and innocence isn t always interesting

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Schlump Geschichten und Abenteuer aus dem Leben des unbekannten Musketiers Emil Schulz genannt 'Schlump' von ihm selbst erzählt

Starts to understand something about war Funny brutal and charming here’s the First World War from the perspective of the inimitable Schlum In 1928 German schoolmaster Hans Herbert Grimm anonymously published his first and only book the semi autobiographical anti war novel Schlump Despite its obvious literary merits Schlump was somewhat overshadowed at the time by the success of another WW1 novel Erich Maria Remarue s All uiet on the Western Front somewhat ironically the two books were issued within weeks of each other In the early 1930s Schlump was burned by the Nazis In an effort to keep his authorship of the book a secret Grimm concealed the original manuscript of Schlump in the wall of his house in Germany where it remained until its discovery in 2013 Now thanks to the efforts of Vintage Books NYRB Classics and the translator Jamie Bulloch a whole new generation of readers can experience this rediscovered classic for themselves The novel itself focuses on the wartime experiences of Emil Schulz known to all as Schlump a bright and eager young man who volunteers for the German infantry on his seventeenth birthday In August 1915 Schlump sets off for the barracks in readiness for the adventures ahead Perhaps like many other young men at that time he has a rather romanticised vision of life as a soldier a view which is typified by the following passageHe could picture himself in a field grey uniform the girls eyeing him up and offering him cigarettes Then he would go to war He pictured the sun shining the grey uniforms charging one man falling the others surging forward further with their cries and cheers and pair after pair of red trousers vanishing beneath green hedges In the evenings the soldiers would sit around a campfire and chat about life at home One would sing a melancholy song Out in the darkness the double sentries would stand at their posts leaning on the muzzles of their rifles dreaming of home and being reunited with loved ones In the morning they d break camp and march singing into battle where some would fall and others be wounded Eventually the war would be won and they d return home victorious Girls would throw flowers from windows and the celebrations would never end pp 6 7As luck would have it Schlump s first experience of war turns out to be a fairly gentle one Armed with his school leaver s certificate and a grasp of the local language Schlump is posted to Loffrande in France where he is put in charge of the administration of three villages a task he soon gets to grips with overseeing the work of the villagers and intervening in various matters in need of his attention A good man at heart Schlump gets on well with the locals especially the rather high spirited young girls who see to it that he is not short of female companionshipEverything is relatively peaceful here in the countryside so much so that it would be relatively easy for our protagonist to forget his true status as a soldier were it not for the faint rumble of cannons in the background Sadly though all good things must come to an end and after a season in Loffrande Schlump hears that he is to be sent to the Front Somewhat understandably he feels a mixture of anger and disappointment in some ways it is almost like leaving home for a second time As a sergeant from the service corps says before Schlump departs for the battlefield Only fools end up in the trenches or those who ve been in trouble You can read the rest of my review here

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Schlump is seventeen a romantic a chancer and a dreamer It's 1915 so naturally he volunteers for war In France he is assigned an administrativ Certainly one of the best novels about World War I from the German perspective you ll find out there Written and published anonymously some major cultural coup found the novel rediscovered after decades and Grimm identified as the author and thank fate Schlump is I assume a semi autobiographical tale of a young German sent to France during WWI where he administers little French communes gets sent to the trenches works as a postal censor and generally fucks off the entire war as much as he can falling in love with and screwing every French and German girl he meets Picklely this unprickly licentiousness basically can sum up the whole novel war sucks and let s all fall in love and fuck in hay lofts Along the way we can run schemes with war materiel and dodge every possible responsibility we can Sort of a fucky whimsical truncation less Johnny Got His Gun in that it is also a superlative anti war novel


10 thoughts on “Schlump Geschichten und Abenteuer aus dem Leben des unbekannten Musketiers Emil Schulz genannt 'Schlump' von ihm selbst erzählt

  1. says:

    Schlump – A Book that will always BurnSchlump when published back in 1928 had to compete with another book which would steal away the limeligh

  2. says:

    Certainly one of the best novels about World War I from the German perspective you'll find out there Written and published anonymously some major cultural coup found the novel rediscovered after decades and Grimm identified as the author and thank fate Schlump is I assume a semi autobiographical tale of a young German sent to France during WWI where he administers little French communes gets sent to the trench

  3. says:

    In its time it might have been uite sacrilegious showing that not all German soldiers were strong and brave Generals were rarely seen and their tactics poor there was a lot of malingering war was hell and the damage to men indescribable The book does describe life behind the lines the starvation of the German

  4. says:

    Schlump is a WWI novel kind of a cross between All uiet on the Western Front and The Good Soldier Švejk Horrific battle scenes altern

  5. says:

    Schlump is than anti war novel It makes the charge startling for the time of its publication that despite the sacrifices made at the front and at home the German effort during the Great War was characterized by a misguided strategy and fough

  6. says:

    Some books captivate you as much for the story of their creation as the content between their covers Hans Herbert Grimm’s Schlump is one of those books Published anonymously in Germany in 1928 Grimm’s anti war novel was overshadowed by another of the anti war genre Erich Maria Remarue’s All uiet on the Western Front published around the

  7. says:

    'He was filled with a wonderful sense of bliss delightfully certain that everything would turn out all right in the end’

  8. says:

    In 1928 German schoolmaster Hans Herbert Grimm anonymously published his first and only book the semi autobiographical anti war novel

  9. says:

    I'm always excited to rediscover a forgotten or overlooked book but I really don't think this one bears out the

  10. says:

    A must read Think of a young German Billy PilgrimCandide being tossed through the horrors of the trenches in WW1 like a cork on an ocean of blood guts girls and hypocritical and inept leaders Yet somehow keeps his soul Banned by the Nazis its author who tried to publish anonymously via the same house that gave us Kafka Zweig Schickele and Tr